Monday 14th July 2014 – 5.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.
An NHS 111 (West Midlands) health advisor is to see her dream of becoming a Bond Girl come true after getting engaged.
Hayley Simcox, from Gornal, had little hesitation in saying yes when fellow 111 health advisor Mitchell Bond popped the question at a family meal and she is now looking forward to taking on the famous surname.
“I have always liked James Bond films and always wanted to be a Bond Girl, now my dream is going to come true,” the 23-year-old said.
“I had a little idea that Mitchell might be about to propose, but I wasn’t expecting it in the way he did it. After our meal he arrived at the table with a specially planned dessert, strawberries with pancakes….and an engagement ring.”
Mitchell, who is also 23 and from Oldbury, admitted to being nervous before getting down on one knee, saying: “It was a bit nerve-wracking beforehand but when she said yes I was absolutely thrilled and we’re both looking forward to starting to make plans ahead of the big day.”
The couple, who jetted off to the Dominican Republic to celebrate their engagement, met whilst working in the 111 (West Midlands) call centre at Brierley Hill and Hayley said a colleague predicted from day one that they would end up together.
“A colleague said to us from the start that me and Mitchell would become a couple and that we were perfect for each other, I’m just really pleased they have been proved correct.
“Working for NHS 111 is really rewarding, especially helping patients to solve their problems and getting them the best care possible, but the biggest reward for me has been meeting Mitchell.”
Run by West Midlands Ambulance Service, NHS 111 (West Midlands) covers Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcester and Shropshire.